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Nandigram: BUPC won't call off agitation
December 26, 2007 17:13 IST
The Trinamool Congress-led Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee on Wednesday rejected West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya's call to them to wind up the organisation and said their movement would continue till perpetrators of the March 14 "genocide" were brought to book.
"The chief minister's address at the public rally failed to live up to the expectations of the Nandigram [Images] people as he had no word regarding compensation to the genocide victims and also did not condemn the recapture of Nandigram for which the Communist Party of India-Marxist had faced criticism even from Left Front allies," BUPC president and TC leader Abu Sufian told PTI in Nandigram.
"We will not be convinced by the CM's argument that since no land is acquired in Nandigram we should wind up the organisation," he said.
"There is no question of our suspending the agitation. The guilty of the March 14 police firing must be punished and perpetrators of rape and other crimes on the villagers opposed to the CPI-M must be brought to trial," he said.
Sufian said that a notification for land acquisition issued by CPI-M Member of Parliament Lakshman Seth, the strongman from Haldia, was responsible for violence in Nandigram in early January.
"An FIR should have been lodged against him for triggering violence," he said.
"The chief minister was shedding tears about the police firing, but can the mothers who had lost their sons get them back? If the CM had not wanted the police to open fire, how could the police do so?" he asked.
Police removed black flags put up at buildings in localities adjacent to the venue of the CM's rally to protest Bhattacharya's visit to Nandigram, Sufian said adding, food was also not cooked at several houses as a mark of protest.